Bingo has been around for hundreds of years. Throughout the 1960s, bingo was extremely popular in the UK. The way it is played today was popular with the British Navy and eventually made its way onto land.
The UK game is different than the version commonly found in America. The main difference is that it is played with 90 balls as opposed to 75 balls. Additionally, it is a strip with 27 squares and each row features four blank squares. There are only three ways to play the game – and this includes a line diagonally, horizontally, or filling up all the numbers, commonly known as a full house.
There are several different ways to play the game. Some bingo houses still use the 27 square strip while others are using a new 4 x 4 card. Either way, balls are spun around inside of a cage and the number is selected and then called out by a person known as the caller. In some areas, technology has taken over and this is become automated – though the rules stay the same.
For many years, the game was played by housewives. It is still considered a very social game. Many people called it a pensioner’s game because people were using their pension in order to play the game – though this is far from the truth because there are still many players under the age of 50 playing. It has also become leisurely for those between the ages of 20 and 25.
At the last time it was estimated, the UK bingo industry is worth approximately £1.3 billion a year. Bingo halls are found in almost every town and city throughout the United Kingdom. In the UK alone, it is estimated that there are 3 million regular bingo players – and some have gone on to estimate that this is 10 percent of all women in the UK or five percent of men in the UK.
If you were to walk around the United Kingdom and ask 100 people randomly if they play bingo on a regular basis, 10 women would say yes and five men would say yes.
There are a large number of UK online bingo websites in recent years as well. This has allowed the social game to be played on the Internet. For those who cannot make it to a bingo hall or for those who would prefer not to leave their home, the game can still be played – and this is adding to the bingo industry.